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Willis Levi Meadows Jr.


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Willis Levi Meadows Jr. Obituary
Willis Levi Meadows, Jr.

Shreveport, LA - Willis Levi Meadows, Jr. died Friday, September 14, 2018. He was born in Newton, Mississippi on October 20, 1925. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Shreveport with Dr. Jeff Raines officiating. The family will receive guests in the church parlor immediately following the service.

Willis graduated from high school in 1943 and, following two of years of service in the Air Force, attended The University of Mississippi here he received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics in 1948 while serving as a debate coach and president of Tau Kappa Alpha and a Master's Degree in Economics in 1949. He earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Tulane University School of Law in 1956 where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Tulane Law Review and the Order of the Coif. He served as an instructor in economics at Tulane while attending law school.

Following graduation from law school, Willis began his legal career as an attorney in the law department of Gulf Oil Corporation in New Orleans. He moved to Shreveport in 1959 to practice law he where he later became a partner in the firm of Wilkinson, Woods, Carmody, Meadows and Hall. He later became president of The Hunter Company, Inc. and subsequently president of Wheless Industries, Inc.

He also served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Commercial National Bank in Shreveport, director of Deposit Guaranty National Bank in Jackson, Mississippi, president of The S. D. Hunter Foundation, trustee of the William C. Woolf Foundation, trustee of Willis Knighton Health System, and trustee of the Women's Missionary Union Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama.

Active in First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Willis was chairman of two pulpit committees, chairman of the Board of Deacons, and a Sunday School teacher. He was also a founder of First Baptist Church School. For eight years he served on the Board of Trustees of the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas, Texas. His service on the Annuity Board included chairman of the Finance Committee and chairman of the Board of Trustees.

He was the 1997 King of Cotillion and a 2001 Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate. He was president of the Demoiselle Club and the Shreveport Club.

Willis is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Smith Meadows of Shreveport; his daughter, Beth Meadows Grace and her husband, Kevin, of Dallas, Texas; his son, David Mark Meadows and his wife, Vickie, of Shreveport; his brother, Joe Meadows, Sr. and his wife, Carole Lynn, of Gulfport, Mississippi; and grandchildren, Emily Elizabeth Grace of New York City, New York, Stephen Robert Grace of Dallas, Texas, Trevor Jackson Culpepper and his wife, Sarah, of Bossier City, and Aaron Willis Meadows of Shreveport. He is also survived by his nephew, Joe Meadows, Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Trussville, Alabama.

He is predeceased by his father, Reverend Willis Levi Meadows, Sr., and his mother, Mary Catherine Meadows, of Quitman, Mississippi; his sisters, Bradys Meadows McCormick and her husband, Larry, of Hammond, Indiana, Gladys Meadows Richard and her husband, Tom, of Portland, Maine, and Hattie Meadows Johnson and her husband, Sylvester, of Jackson, Mississippi; and his niece, Kathryn Lynn Meadows of Gulfport, Mississippi.

Serving as pallbearers will be Dr. Ryan Bicknell, Clovis Burch, Jim Elrod, Glen Flournoy, Delton Harrison, Tandy Lewis, Stuart Lunn, John Madison, Ivan Smith, Shelby Smith, Sam Talbot, Steve Walker, and Cody White. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the Kings of Cotillion.

The family especially wants to thank and express appreciation to longtime friend and employee Ruthie Capers for her many years of love, support, and care. In addition, the family would like to thank Dr. Dan Moller of Willis Knighton Health System and the staff of Elite Health Solutions, LLC.

The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to First Baptist Church, 543 Ockley Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana 71106 or to the .
Published in Shreveport Times from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2018
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